Buffalo shooting: The suspect bought his rifle in 2022, months after police ordered a psychiatric evaluation
The weapon used in Saturday’s shooting was purchased this year from a vintage gun store near the suspect’s hometown, the owner of the gun shop confirmed to NPR. He said a background check didn't turn anything up.
Here's more of what we know so far:
- The alleged shooter is charged with first-degree murder and faces life in prison. He potentially also could be tried under a new federal antilynching law.
- Authorities have said they are investigating the mass shooting as a racially motivated hate crime and are also considering a terrorism charge.
- The names of all of those killed have been released. Of the 13 people shot, 11 are Black.
- The suspect purchased his rifle in 2022, months a threat against his high school led the New York State Police to order a psychiatric evaluation.
- The U.S. has seen more than 200 mass shootings this year, including 3 this weekend.
- President Biden and the first lady will travel to Buffalo on Tuesday.
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